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Argentina's president has announced the closure of state-run news agency Telam

The closure of Argentina's state news agency Telam was announced Friday by the country's president, Javier Millay, calling it a “propaganda agency” of former president Cristina Kirchner.

“We will close the Telam agency, which in recent decades has served as a Kirchner propaganda agency,” Millay said in a speech to parliament, without elaborating.

In February the Miley government indicated that it intended to “modify the organizational and operational structure” of all state media, including Telam as well as state radio and television.

Telam was founded in 1945 and has more than 700 employees. Every day it transmits about 500 internal news telegrams, 200 photos, videos and radio content.

According to its website, Telam “is the only agency in the country with a network of correspondents in all the provinces of Argentina and many cooperation agreements with international agencies.”

As he also mentions, there have been attempts to shut down Telam under presidents Carlos Menem, Fernando de la Rua and Mauricio Macri. In 2018 restructuring had led to 357 redundancies, some of which were subsequently annulled by the judiciary.

Source: News Beast

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